Monday, March 27, 2017

Magical Mariah - The Queen of the 90s

It was the year 1990... and Whitney Houston's ballads were on everyone's lips... especially those of my younger sister,  Priya... And suddenly there was this young soothing voice that broke through the sound barrier... a voice that could scale new heights... and if you closed your eyes... you'd see a vision... The Vision of Love.

Mariah Carey was the find of the year, winning the Grammy Award for the Best New Artist in 1991 in addition to the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. 

From Pop to R&B, this diva went on to a Grammy nomination in 1993 for the Best R&B Vocal Performance for a Duo or Group along with Trey Lorenz for their version of the Jacksons classic - I'll Be There.

Another memorable cover for Mariah Carey has been the legendary love song originally performed by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross. It has to be Endless Love (with Luther Vandross).

Didn't realise that the still here was of Luther and not Mariah Carey... Flashback to the 1980s ad that featured Karan Kapoor (the younger son of Shashi Kapoor) who featured on an ad for Bombay Dyeing featuring a Bobby Darin song. Mariah has a song with the same name in a funky style - Dreamlover.

Mariah Carey has the distinction of having a song that has spent the longest time at #1 in the Billboard 100 (16 weeks)... not a solo... One Sweet Day with the Boyz II Men.

I mentioned her at the beginning of the blog... Whitney Houston and Mariah were good friends who teamed up for the 1998 Dreamworks musical animated feature The Prince of Egypt with When You Believe.

Mariah Carey was indeed the leading woman of the 1990s with 14 chart-topping tracks including this Christmas 1993 #1 - Hero.

She's indeed the Hero (rather Heroine) of the day today... celebrating her 47th Birthday today....



PS. Vision of Love was also featured in my blog post on World Sight Day last year - Eyes Wide Open...

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